Lesson Plan

Colonial Life: Come Settle with Us!

Students will create a Google Slides presentation for their assigned colony using their 1:1 Chromebooks to encourage the audience to settle in the area based on geography, economy, and politics.
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
Objectives

Students will be able to...

1. Describe colonial life

2. Use vocabulary terms related to colonization

3. Explain the importance of trade and mercantilism in the development of colonies

4. Compare and contrast differences of early settlements in relation to: geography, religion, trade, and politics 

5. Use technology to present new knowledge to peers in an organized, insightful, and engaging way

Subjects
Social Studies
cultural understanding
events
exploration
geography
historical figures
history
the economy
Grades 5
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Teacher Notes
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1 HOOK

Activity: Assessing

Encourage students to think about how they would choose a place to live, by showing them 3 different real estate slideshow listings on the Smartboard and asking them to write about which location they would prefer to live in and why. 

Student Instructions

Compare and contrast the 3 real estate listings. Consider price, location, community, and job opportunities when assessing them. Which one would you prefer to live in and why?

2 GUIDED INSTRUCTION & PRACTICE

Activity: Reading

Over the past 2 weeks students have been learning about the 13 Colonies. They have taken notes on each colony in relation to geography, crops, trade, religion, politics, and other significant details that helped distinguish one colony from the other. They completed assessments after each section (New England, Middle Colonies, Southern Colonies).

We will read the 13 Colonies Review section of their textbooks together before going into the slideshow assignment. 

After reading the review section, I will remind students to think back on the real estate listings we viewed at the beginning of class, and ask them to share some connections they've made to the early settlements. 

As students share the connections, I will follow up by asking what image they could use to represent that idea.

 

 

3 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Students will each have a chance to spin the wheel on WheelDecide.com on the Smartboard to find out what colony they will research. 

Students will use their notes and textbooks from the chapter on the 13 Colonies to gather information for their presentation. 

They will use the Pics4learning website to find images for their slideshow. 

Presentations must include the following:

1. The name of the colony

2. Who colonized the area

3. Geography of the land

4. Primary occupations

5. Primary exports and crops

6. Information about the community in relation to political stance at the time and religion. 

7. Daily life

8. Creative slogan that could be used as a highway billboard to encourage newcomers to settle in the colony

Students will begin working on their slideshows in class and may continue to work on them for homework. 

The following day students will do a peer review, and preview one classmate's slideshow, giving feedback on what they liked, and what could be improved. Students will then make revisions to their slideshow, and will present the following day. 

Student Instructions

Using your Chromebook, you will create your own real estate style slideshow using Google Slides to encourage newcomers to America to settle in your assigned colony. 

Use your notes, textbook, and the Pics4learning website to gather information and images to use in your presentation. 

Your presentation must include the following: 

1. The name of the colony

2. Who colonized the area

3. Geography of the land

4. Primary occupations

5. Primary exports and crops

6. Information about the community in relation to political stance at the time and religion. 

7. Daily life

8. Creative slogan that could be used as a highway billboard to encourage newcomers to settle in the colony

*You will present your slideshow to the class.

*Be prepared to answer questions from your peers and teacher about your colony.

*Slideshows are not to exceed 2 minutes. 

4 SUM-UP/EXTENSION

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their slideshows to the class.

They will take questions from their peers and teachers about their colony.

Students will be assessed on whether or not they met the criteria outlined in the assignment.

After viewing all student presentations, students will write about which colony they would choose to settle in (other than the one they presented) and why.